Shake and Bake belly dancing convention

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Posted by A. Taylor on October 22, 2002 at 14:38:24:

sound like a great event.

anyone interesting look at my belly dancing website.

: i just worked a 2 day belly dancing convention, my first belly
: dancing gig ever! Me and my lovely assistant Rebecca worked 9 hours
: Friday and 7 Saturday on the 2nd floor of the lovely La Posada hotel
: downtown. It's a 1920's Pueblo Deco building thats now a landmark,
: and the floors they were dancing on in the ballroom were the
: reallllll parquet, you could feel every plank beneath your toes
: (sorry, dancers' tangent here).
: I thought this would be a heavy duty henna crowd, and made 4 oz. for
: the event. They had a performance and costuem competetion scheduled
: for the weekend, and I figured henna from head to toe would be going
: on. I was wrong....
: From the amount of henna I was doing I wouldn't have even made up my
: vendor fees each day. I could count on my hands the number of designs
: I did allll weekend long. However, thankfully my intuitive streak
: kicked in last week while I was preparing for the event. I decided at
: the last minute to offer palm readings for $5 as well, and scoured my
: palmistry notes from SSW, trying to recall ever thing CCJ said about
: hands. And I PRAYED for help, and to be a good conduit, of henna or
: whatever else.
: The First woman who asked about a palm reading was skeptical, and
: teasing me lightly. "I don't know," she said, "I'm pretty complex...."
: I smiled and shrugged and said, "Well if you'd like one let me know."
: And she decided why not.
: During the reading she kept a poker face, and I purposefully focused
: on her hand, and not *her*. I spent about 10-15 minutes telling her
: what I saw. All she did was nod slightly at times to acknowledge my
: point and signal me to move on.
: At the end, she stood up and looked down at me and said, "well, you
: are one hundred and ten percent" (I'm cringing inwardly at this point
: thinking i fuckin blew it big time, and there went any hope for a
: good day at palm reading once news got around) "... correct."
: "I can't believe what you just said, you couldn't have been more
: right!"
: Rebecca and I break out in grins from ear to ear.
: The woman happened to be the sister of the event organizer. She then
: told her daughter to come get a reading. Her daughter left shaking
: and amazed. Amaya, the event organzier, came for a reading (as a
: professional courtesy of course I did not charge her). Over lunch
: they went and told everyone at the table about the amazing palm
: readings they had.
: Word quickly spreads amoungst the 40 or so attendees that the palm
: reader, the only reader there at the convention mind you, is FRICKIN
: AMAZING! People lined up, and passerbys would whisper, "Be afraid, be
: VERY afraid..."
: By late afternoon the sister and daughter came back for a second
: reading! This time, I took the time to tell her a few basics of what
: I was looking at in her palm so she could see a little of the
: technique of reading. They asked if I did anything else, and I
: said "Yes, tarot readings." So they said I just HAD to bring those
: for the next day.
: I was so freakin exhausted by the end of the day from readings, and I
: was almost glad I didn't have a big henna demand to contend with as
: well. Inwardly I thanked Lakshmi, Ganesha, and the generous teaching
: spirit Catherine Cartwright Jones for a good day that made about 3
: times my booth fee, even minus by booth bitch's take!
: Thank you, Catherine!!!
: Saturday I read palms for a few more, and did tarot readings for
: about a half dozen people or so. I did 3 henna designs for pay and
: another on Rebecca while we sat out the long dulldrums while
: attendees were taking dance classes and business was slow. Rebecca
: hennaed my foot, and picked a challenging design that required focus
: and did a FABOO job at it too.
: I imagine I'll be back next year. Many attend every year, and this is
: a long standing event for Amaya.
: Sometimes you get geared to henna up, and get no henna. Sometimes you
: think, small henna gig and it's suddenly mass henna. Weird. Now I've
: got about 3 oz of good peaking terped apste frozen for whenever I
: need it though.


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